On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 17

Events in Sport

  • 1897 US Open Men's Golf, Chicago GC: Englishman Joe Lloyd wins his only major title by 1 stroke over runner-up Willie Anderson of Scotland; last 36-hole US Open

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1906 Playing as "Sullivan" Columbia University jr Eddie Collins debuts with A's

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins

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1912 Center fielder Casey Stengel breaks in with Brooklyn & hits 4 singles

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel

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1917 Honus Wagner, retires at 43, Pirates retire his #33

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1920 National Football League is born in Canton, Ohio; 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Professional Football Association; renamed the NFL in 1922
  • 1922 Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world sprint champ
  • 1927 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Frenchman Rene Lacoste successfully defends title; beats Bill Tilden 11-9, 6-3, 11-9
  • 1928 Pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning
  • 1928 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Frenchman Henri Cochet wins his only US title; beats American Frank Hunter 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
  • 1931 Red Sox Earl Webb sets record with 65 en route to 67 doubles
  • 1937 1st NFL game in Washington, D.C.; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1939 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Reigning Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs beats fellow American Welby van Horn 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1939 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Dual champion Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs 6-0, 8-10, 6-4

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

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1947 Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1949 Ryder Cup Golf, Ganton GC: US beats Great Britain, 7-5; Americans win 6 of 8 singles matches to claim victory

  • 1950 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1954 In a quick re-match at Yankee Stadium, NYC, Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in the 8th round to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1955 Future Hall of Famer Oriole Brooks Robinson goes 2-4 in his 1st game
  • 1956 Yanks clinch pennant #22 on Mantle's 50th homer of year

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

1960 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Neale Fraser wins 2nd straight US title; beats Rod Laver 6-4, 6-4, 9-7

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1960 US National Championship Women's Tennis: American Darlene Hard wins her first US singles title; beats defending champion Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-4, 10-12, 6-4

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • 1961 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

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1961 Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

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1964 Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 & 2001 & his 450th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1966 Cleve pitchers set AL record striking out 19 batters in 1st 9 innings
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints 1st NFL game, they lose to LA Rams 27-13
  • 1968 Gaylord Perry (Giants) no-hits St Louis Cardinals, 1-0
  • 1974 Courageous (US) beats Southern Cross (Aust) in 23rd America's Cup
  • 1977 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes: US wins 12½-7½; last time a Great Britain & Ireland team competes for Ryder Cup
  • 1977 Dave Kingman hits his 1st Yankee homer, Reggie hits 2 more
  • 1978 After 6 losses to the New York Yankees in September, the Boston Red Sox finally score a 7-3 win over their arch rivals at Yankee Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1979 Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

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1981 Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela

  • 1983 Chicago White Sox clinch their 1st-ever AL West championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1984 Dwight Gooden ties record of 32 strikeouts in consecutive games

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1984 Reggie Jackson is 13th to hit 500 HRs

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1988 24th Olympic games open at Seoul, Korea
  • 1988 Jeff Reardon becomes 1st to record 40 or more saves in both AL & NL
  • 1989 NYC court of appeals overturns lower court decision & returns America's Cup back to US (from NZ)
  • 1991 4,355 turn out to see Expos play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1992 NFL decides to suspend World League Football
  • 1996 Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colorado Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Dan Marino's #13 jersey is retired by the Miami Dolphins

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

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2001 Despite suffering from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease, Jack Buck stirs emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball's first night back after the September 11th terrorist attacks

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Jack Buck

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2004 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hits his 700th career MLB home run, off San Diego's Jake Peavy

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2006 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Charleroi, Belgium: Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium withdraws with an injured knee with decisive doubles match level at 1-set all; Italy wins first ever title, 3-2
  • 2017 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Anna Nordqvist of Sweden beats Brittany Altomare at 1st sudden-death playoff hole; event reduced to 54 holes after day 1 abandoned (bad weather)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1879 Rube Foster, American baseball player, manager and executive (Negro leagues), born in Calvert, Texas (d. 1930)
  • 1882 Frank Schulte, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1911; Chicago Cubs), born in Cochecton, New York (d. 1949)
  • 1894 James Anderson, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1922, 24, 25), born in Sydney NSW (d. 1973)
  • 1897 Earl Webb, American baseball outfielder (MLB Record: 67 doubles, single season 1931; Boston Red Sox), born in White County, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • 1900 Hughie Critz, American MLB baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1980)
  • 1903 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (Olympic bronze 1928), born in Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 1927 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), born in Youngwood, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)

Person of interestStirling Moss

1929 Stirling Moss, British auto racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), born in London, England (d. 2020)

Auto Racer Stirling Moss
Auto Racer
Stirling Moss
  • 1934 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st women's Grand Slam 1953; 9 x Grand Slam singles titles), born in San Diego, California (d. 1969)
  • 1937 Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1938 Francisco Aritmendi, Spanish athlete (International Cross Country Championships 1964), born in Cogolludo, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1941 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1948), born in Stockholm (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Des Lynam, British TV and radio sportscaster, born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland
  • 1942 Doris Brown-Heritage, American 800m track star (Olympic gold 1968), born in Gig Harbor, Washington

Person of interestPhil Jackson

1945 Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach (Knicks/Bulls/Lakers), born in Deer Lodge, Montana

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson
  • 1946 Billy Bonds MBE, English soccer defender (Charlton, West Ham United 663 games) and manager (WHU, Millwall), born in London, England
  • 1955 Scott Simpson, American golfer (US Open 1987; 7 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1956 Thad Bosley. American major league baseball player
  • 1958 Daniel Nunez, Cuba, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1959 Hank Ilesic, Canadian CFL punter and place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1960 John Franco, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961 Steve Clifford, American basketball head coach (Orlando Magic 2018-19; Charlotte Hornets 2013-18), born in Island Falls, Maine
  • 1964 Karen Straker, horse show jumper
  • 1966 Fred Childress, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1967 Maurice Hurst, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots)
  • 1968 Stacey Dillard, NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1968 Valeri Zelepukin, NHL forward (NJ Devils, Team Russia Olympic silver 1998)
  • 1969 Rob Zamuner, NHL forward (Tampa Bay Lightning, Team Canada 1998)
  • 1969 Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player (world champion 1997), born in Dublin, Rep. of Ireland
  • 1970 Al Fontenot, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Ashley Ambrose, NFL cornerback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1970 Mark Brunell, NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 David Hynes, Australian baseball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Octus Polk, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Paul Janssen, soccer player (Fortuna S, NAC)
  • 1972 Allen Williams, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1973 David Reid, light middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Demis Nikolaidis, Greek footballer
  • 1974 Bas Leferink, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1974 Jason Hewitt, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Rasheed Wallace, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1975 Jimmie Johnson, American auto racer (7-time NASCAR Cup Series champion), born in El Cajon, California
  • 1976 Jonathan Nichols, dance skater (with partner Tami Tyler), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1977 Becky Turner, Marietta Ga, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Tony Goskowicz, Wauwautosa Wis, short track skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1977 Simone Perrotta, Italian football player
  • 1978 Shawn Horcoff, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Steffen Algreen, Danish footballer
  • 1979 Akin Ayodele, American football player
  • 1980 Asashoryu Akinori, Mongolian sumo wrestler (born as Dolgorsuren Dagvador)
  • 1980 Danny Haren, American baseball player
  • 1981 Bakari Koné, Ivorian footballer
  • 1981 Casey Janssen, American baseball player
  • 1981 Francis Manioru, Solomon Islander sprinter
  • 1982 Garth Murray, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Alexander Ovechkin, Russian hockey player
  • 1985 Brendan Clarke, Irish Soccer Player with St. Patrick's Athletic
  • 1985 Tomáš Berdych, Czech tennis player (13 ATP Tour titles), born in Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic
  • 1985 Mason Raymond, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 Landry Mulemo, Belgian footballer
  • 1986 Dimitrios Regas, Greek sprinter
  • 1987 Paul Huntington, English footballer

Person of interestPatrick Mahomes

1995 Patrick Mahomes, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl MVP 2020; KC Chiefs), born in Tyler, Texas

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1942 Ice hockey player Maurice Richard (20) weds Lucille Norchet (17)

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard

LoveWedding of Interest

1965 Tennis star Billie Jean Moffitt (21) weds attorney Larry King (20) in Long Beach, California

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 2016 Olympian and professional road racing cyclist Philip Deignan (33) weds fellow road racing cyclist Lizzie Armitstead (26) in Otley, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1943 Dick Tyldesley, English cricketer (7 Tests for England), dies
  • 1994 Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian/American tennis player (Australian Open 1977), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 40
  • 1995 Lucien Victor, Belgian road racing cyclist, dies at 64
  • 2000 Nicole Reinhart, American cyclist (b. 1976)
  • 2015 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, dies at 91
  • 2020 Larry Wilson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame free safety (8 x Pro Bowl; 6 x All Pro 1st Team; NFL Defensive Player of Year 1966; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82